A total of five area athletes competed in the 2019 portion of the Drake Relays on Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium at Des Moines.
On Friday morning, IKM-Manning freshman Amos Rasmussen ran in the 100-meter dash prelims and finished eighth in heat three in a time of 12.16 seconds, good for 31st overall among the 32 qualifiers.
Ardell Inlay of Sioux City East won Drake 100-meter dash on Friday afternoon in 10.88.
On Saturday morning, Denison-Schleswig competed in the girls’ 4x100 relay prelims as one of the 96 qualifying teams.
The Monarch foursome of senior Alex Mohr, sophomore Cierra Kastner, senior Raegan Andersen and senior Vanessa Gunderson placed sixth in heat 11 in 53.22, good for 84th overall.
The 53.22 time was the team’s second fastest of the year.
Ankeny claimed the Drake 4x100 on Saturday afternoon in 48.93.
"At least it wasn’t raining. It was cold and windy, but overall, it was a good experience for the girls," commented Denison-Schleswig coach Adam Mich.
"Our goal was run our best time and we ran our second fastest, so I was pretty happy with that considering the weather conditions. We ran against some pretty good competition, as I think a lot of teams in our heat ran their personal bests," he added.
"You know, it was Mohr’s third time competing at the Drake Relays and the first for the other three, so it was neat for them to experience the atmosphere. All four have experience running at the state meet at Drake Stadium, but there’s just something special about the Drake Relays," Mich said.
Mich remarked that the girls having an opportunity to watch former Monarch standout Ellie Mendlik compete for Drake University on Saturday afternoon was special as well.
"They all ran with Mendlik and are good friends with her, so for them to see a former teammate compete at the collegiate level was pretty cool," Mich said.